The health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) have been touted far and wide, with some research indicating the compound – a derivative of industrial hemp, marijuana’s totally legal (and non-psychotropic) cousin – can help assuage the symptoms of epilepsy, reduce chances of developing cancer, and stem anxiety. It’s for this latter, nearly-omnipresent condition that many people are turning to CBD gummies.
This fun, nostalgic delivery mechanism stands out from other forms of CBD, like tinctures or CBD oil. (For more on these, check out our buying guide.)
“If I start to feel stressed out and start to hold my breath I can eat a gummy and my breath starts to normalize again and perhaps even go deeper,” says Organic Authority Editor in Chief Laura Klein. “Breathing deep is one of the best antidotes to stress and can help calm and relax your nervous system quickly.”
She also noticed that they helped her to think more clearly.
There are tons of CBD gummies on the market, each with its own price point and its own (occasionally laundry) list of ingredients. We zeroed in on the cleanest gummies featuring natural ingredients and clean, transparent sourcing.
Whenever possible, we opted for gummies with full-spectrum CBD, which includes other cannabinoids and terpenes naturally present in the plant and boasts more health benefits than CBD alone. Klein notes that in her personal experience, full-spectrum CBD "makes a huge difference."
(To find out more about full-spectrum CBD and the entourage effect, check out our FAQs to CBD oil guide.)
After Klein tried several CBD gummies on the market today, these are the ones that emerged as the very best.
1. Plus +CBD Oil
Klein found these gummies weren’t too sweet, despite being sweetened with both organic tapioca syrup and cane sugar. The overall flavor was a bit “hempy,” but not overly so.
About 10-15 minutes after trying these gummies, Klein felt a calming sensation, and her anxiety began to dissipate.
- 5 mg full-spectrum CBD per gummy
- two flavors: citrus punch and cherry mango
- contain natural colors and flavorings; no artificial flavors or sweeteners
- fully traceable from Seed to Shelf
- $39.95/30 gummies ($1.33/gummy)
2. Lord Jones
Klein loved the flavor of these gummies, which she notes taste just like a gumdrop (albeit not quite as sweet) with no hempy flavor.
“Eating just one is tough,” she says.
Within about 10 minutes of trying one of these gummies, Klein not only felt a calming relaxation settle over her, but she felt more focused and ready to complete the day's tasks.
That said, as compared to many other gummies on this list, Lord Jones' cost a pretty penny: $5 per gummy. They do, however, pack a bigger punch of CBD, with 20 mg of CBD per gummy, as compared to 5 or 10 for most brands.
- 20 mg, full-spectrum CBD extract per gummy
- flavored with natural lemon and strawberry extracts
- just five ingredients: natural fruit flavors, gelatin, citric acid, sugar, and full-spectrum CBD extract
- $45/9 gummies ($5/gummy)
3. Not Pot
These vegan CBD gummies are shaped like classic gummy bears, but in place of the synthetic, technicolor hues you may be used to, they're a creamy off-white. These gummies are made with full-spectrum, clinical strength CBD extract made from organically grown hemp sourced from Oregon and Colorado.
Within five minutes of taking the gummies, Klein started to feel a calm, soothing sensation come over her.
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- 10 mg full-spectrum CBD per gummy
- ostensibly strawberry flavored, though Klein notes strawberry is not what comes to mind, but rather a vague fruit flavor
- contain artificial flavors
- $39/20 gummies ($1.95/gummy)
4. Sunday Scaries
This, she notes, could have been a good thing... or a bad thing.
“It makes them extremely palatable,” she says. “But then my brain jumps to, ‘What are they sweetening this with?’”
The answer, luckily, is: organic sugar for the vegan gummy and pure cane sugar for the gummy bears – no high-fructose corn syrup in sight.
These gummies, Klein notes, brought on calming effects within minutes.
“I felt mellow, and the soreness in my muscles from my workout also started to subside.”
- 10mg full-spectrum CBD per gummy (along with vitamin B12 and vitamin D3, both of which have been proven to help assuage anxiety symptoms)
- two flavors: a sour vegan gumdrop or a gummy bear
- USA-grown, pesticide-free CBD
- $39/20 gummies ($1.95/gummy)
Whichever you choose, bear in mind that many of these companies now offer discounts when you sign up for a subscription plan, so you can get a handle on your anxiety now and in the future.
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